Tanning-Bed Bill Faces Hurdle in Legislature

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A bill to keep kids younger than 16 out of indoor tanning beds is facing resistance in the Nebraska Legislature.

Lawmakers began debate Friday on a proposal intended to prevent skin cancer among youths. The legislation by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha would also require tanning facilities to post warning signs about the risk in a conspicuous area. Supporters liken the proposal to youth restrictions on alcohol and tobacco.

Opponents are working to block the bill, which they view as government overreach. Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha says the measure is an affront to parental rights.

The original measure would have set the age restriction at 18 years old.

Lawmakers adjourned for the week before voting.